Microscopic animals glow in the dark to survive radiation

Tardigrades, popularly known as water bears, are tiny animals that can survive extreme pressure, heat, cold, and radiation which would be lethal for many other creatures. They’ve also survived in the extremes of space. There are around 1300 known species of tardigrades and they use various biological mechanisms to cope with the harsh conditions they […]

Hidden secrets revealed in microscopic images of ancient artifacts

Highly magnified views of archaeological artifacts display their extraordinary hidden beauty and reveal intriguing clues about how they were crafted and used long ago.  For example, a 17th-century Persian textile contains fibers of silk thread that were individually wrapped with thin strips of metal. And the microstructure of a needle from Cyprus retains the touch […]

World’s largest atom smasher could seed microscopic black holes

The cosmos may be studded with black holes so tiny they could slip in between atoms, a wild new theory suggests. And we could be making these teensy singularities all the time at the world’s largest atom smasher, a new study shows. If we could make these objects, they could be a window into the […]